Show and tell

Such a lovely, sunny day outside but a bit cool inside…not that we noticed. We had so much fibre and colour to feast our eyes on and then all the projects which had been completed or were being completed. Plenty to share and plenty to talk about. Hilary shared the red , felted scarf which she won as a prize at the Victor Harbour spinning group visit. Beautiful work.

Show & Tell

Alexis :a basket full of carder fleece which has been dyed with cold water dyes, 5 carded
rolags pink, pale mauve, lemon & brown with extra colours carded into the fibres

Marina :a sleeveless jacket knitted in mohair with cream flecks plied with white cotton, brown/white.

Jan(1): a child’s hat in aqua with purple stripes with an icord top knot, also 9 colourful skeins of spun wool/silk ready for the Gallery.

Maria: 3 Beanies, 1 in forest greens with a fluffy tassel, 1 cream with fair isle design, 1
cream with vertical brown coloured stripes.

Sheila: a pair of man size mittens in natural brown wool

Jan (3): a pair of mittens in cream alpaca with a very intricate cuff which looks plaited

Cathy :2 lots of dyed English Leicester fleece 1 dyed with green tea & sage, the other dyed with black beans  giving it a brown tone.

John: a beautiful woven scarf in various colours of mauve & pinks with aqua in between finished with a red silk fringe, a woven bag in the process of being put together.

Jan (2): brought in a sample of OPTIM™ which is some white wool fibres which are very soft and looks like silk with a great sheen to it processed by CSIRO. She brought the fact sheet to explain the process they use.

show and tell 23rd September


Weaving around a book

bag woven on a bookWe were lucky to have Sandy and Michael with us this week from the Adelaide Hills Spinning group. They are both very accomplished in the sorts of things they achieve with textiles. One of the things Sandy brought along  for show and tell was a bag she had made by weaving around a book. Our group is very much about enabling. It is not about cost, expense, the best of…and yet we will use and produce the finest of the fine when we want to. That’s about investment in our skills and creativity. We want anyone to be able to have fun with yarn! Not everyone can afford a loom…but everyone can find a book and a ruler and bits of yarn or strips of old T Shirts.

When Sandy explained book weaving we realised it’s a great way to use oddments but also a great way to do something easily without all the fuss and bother and yet come up with something as nice as Sandy’s bag. It’s a handy size and there is no sewing!! Some of us love sewing…others of us are always looking for the sew free projects and this woven bag is the very thing 🙂

You can find instructions about making this on the creativitypatch.

Keeping warm in winter

Margaret has been an inspiration each week with all the lovely hats, gloves , cowls and socks she makes amongst all the other things she creates! We have been getting Antarctic blasts in Adelaide and the weather has been very chilly this winter. Margaret has reminded us constantly to use all those accessories we make!

She does things in a very fuss free way and starts things and finishes them when she feels like it because she likes to do what she wants. Bottom left are her sock wool socks but everything else is homespun and Margaret likes to keep herself colourful and cheerful in winter. It cheers us up, too, being able to see all those nice patterns and colours.

Crochet mandalas

Crochet mandalas are very popular . It’s the colours peole use and then the visual impact. Great way to use up oddments, spend a happy rainy afternoon or have an on the go project which fills in small amounts of time when you want a break from bigger things. Mandalas look different in home spun wool or yarn. The pattern definition is not as stark and it will look more like a watercolour. Commercial yarn is very even and doesn’t have the texture. You use what you want to create the visual effect which suits your project. They can be framed, used as cushions or bags. They can go on the back of jackets or be grown into blankets or table covers. They are pleasing to the eye and this mandala is a good way to start.